Refining Catalysts BASF Opens Second Testing and Research Laboratory

Editor: Manja Wühr

To convert hydrocarbon fractions of petroleum crude oils to more valuable gasoline, olefinic gases, and other products refineries use mostly Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC). By establishing a new testing and research laboratory at the hte site in Heidelberg, Germany BASF strengthens its Refining Catalysts business.

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Detlef Ruff, Senior Vice President, Process Catalysts & Technologies for BASF, believes that the new laboratory will improve the analytical services BASF provides customers in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
Detlef Ruff, Senior Vice President, Process Catalysts & Technologies for BASF, believes that the new laboratory will improve the analytical services BASF provides customers in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
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Leverkusen/Germany – The FCC processes use Catalysts with good stability and high activity. BASF, manufacturer of such refining catalysts, has recently opened a new fluid catalytic cracking catalysts testing and research laboratory at the hte site in Heidelberg, Germany. BASF's subsidiary hte provides high throughput technology and services for enhancing research and development productivity.

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The new laboratory will provide physical and chemical analyses and characterizations of hydrocarbons and FCC catalysts, fine particles and slurries. It will also develop advanced refining catalysts test methods, complementing BASF’s existing FCC catalysts laboratory in Iselin, New Jersey, USA.

“Through this expansion of our FCC catalysts research activities, we are focused on developing world-class testing methodologies and providing significantly improved turnaround times for the analytical services we provide our customers in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region,” said Detlef Ruff, Senior Vice President, Process Catalysts & Technologies for BASF.

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